Another weekend is here and it’s time to share my app picks for this week with you. As always, I share interesting apps that I found out about the day of the week. Note that this selection includes both iOS and Android apps carefully selected from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
The thing with this list of apps is that I’m making sure they’re decent apps that aren’t trying to suck out your data or lock you into a web of microtransactions. In addition to the apps I found myself, there are some suggestions from members of our NextPit community!
Cultivate: To always stay on the right track
Cultivate is an extremely simple self-motivation app. You create a virtual system to which you assign something – a goal or an activity – that is important to you.
Once your plant has been created and named, you can choose how often, and specifically, how often to “water” it. Watering simply means tapping your plant. Every irrigation represents progress or achievement, even the smallest, towards the task or goal associated with the plant.
I like the fancy feel of this app, which is not intended to be a productivity app, task planner, or any other fear-inducing solution. No account is required and the app is free, no ads, no in-app purchases, and no permissions.
I would have loved to have a notification function to remind myself to water my virtual plants and thus encourage me to pursue my goals. But maybe that would be too contradicting the Zen and the calming side of Cultivate.
You can download the Cultivate app from the Google Play Store.
Hashly to keep your links
Hashly is a bookmarking app that allows you to keep and share your links. Granted, the concept is not innovative as there are a multitude of similar applications. But I think Hashly’s interface is very nice as it presents links in a very visual way – with a preview.
All you have to do is copy / paste a url and then you can preview the link and tag it. The application also offers an archive and bookmark function.
The application requires a Google account but is not mandatory. I think this option is just for exporting your catalog of links from one device to another and making a backup on Google Drive. No ads or in-app purchases, and no permissions either.
You can download the Hashly application from the Google Play Store.
Year progress widget
The Year Progress Widget, as the name suggests, is a widget that allows you to keep an eye on the progress of the current year. That’s it. Not really! I have nothing else to say about this application.
OK. I lied.
The idea behind the app is to help you step back from your everyday life and put the moment in context. Wow, 2021 is already 27% under way, but have I achieved 27% of my goals? It’s day 99 of 2021, so 60 days left and I’m taking a week off.
Between us, I would avoid rationalizing an application to the extent that it offers nothing more than what it puts before you. And that’s not bad. Obviously, the Year Progress Widget costs 1.09 euros (instead of 1.99 euros) without advertising or in-app purchases or account and offers 3 types of tiles
- a counter for the elapsed days
- a percentage of the days elapsed
- a year counter with percentage, daily progress and visualization of all elapsed and remaining days
You can download the Year Progress Widget app from the Google Play Store.
Proday, the triforce of productivity
Proday is a productivity and personal development app that allows you to break your schedule down into three types of activities: physical, mental, and social.
The goal is to complete at least one activity of each type. The app suggests that you select color-coded tasks. After you have selected your three tasks, they are presented in the form of a pie chart.
Proday also provides a history of all your completed tasks by type. This will help you determine if there is an imbalance (such as not getting enough physical activity) and possibly correct your schedule. The app will also send you a daily notification.
Proday is free, with no ads, no in-app purchases, no account, and no authorization. The user interface is nice to look at, ergonomic and quick to use. I think the concept is really nice.
You can download the Proday application from the Google Play Store.
One way to smash
A Way To Smash is a fighting game that combines turn-based, strategy and puzzle elements. What you need to know is that you are playing as a character fighting multiple enemies at the same time.
The fight is turn-based, like a game of chess. You can only attack one enemy per turn. Just scan the screen to select the enemy in question, then double tap on it. Every blow is fatal, not a question of a life track, including you.
All the interest of the game lies in the fact that every time you attack and kill an enemy, the others will come a step closer to you. And if one of them reaches you, it’s game over. You must therefore choose your targets and especially your movements carefully so as not to expose yourself to attack.
The game is free but includes in-app purchases to unlock more movement options (pay-to-win). Graphically, I find it very nice with a rather abstract style in the Canson Collage / Cutting mode and the animations are very fluid.
You can download it One way to smash from the Google Play Store.
What do you think of this selection? Have you already tried any of the apps on this list? What would your apps be of the week? Share your opinions and especially your good tips in the comments! If you are looking for a specific type of application, don’t hesitate to let me know so I can tailor my research and selections to suit your needs! Sincerely.